Minimalism is the new optimalism

Redfin contributor Clair Jones, a safety and home security expert with, looks at clutter as a prototypically American plight, noting that the average American owns 300,000 objects, works at least 50 hours a week and feels regularly overwhelmed by busyness.

Jones asserts that it’s no wonder the minimalist living movement is the latest lifestyle trend, from urban lofts to suburban hideaways, as less adds up to more in space, time, and mental clutter. She writes:

Minimalism isn’t just about decreasing the amount of stuff you own, it’s about simplifying your habits, too.

Change your habits. There are many small, easy ways you can practice the art of minimalism right away. Stop being a perfectionist, do one thing at a time instead of multi-tasking and meal plan so you have to grocery shop only once a week.

Utilize technology wisely. Turn off push notifications on your phone and stop checking social media every five minutes. Instead, use your mobile device to streamline your life. Home automation can simplify your technology usage by allowing you to control your home’s features effectively and efficiently. Networking your appliances is not only convenient, it can save on your energy costs, too.

Prioritize your time. If you feel there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done, embrace time management techniques. Spend time every morning looking at your schedule and prioritizing tasks before starting your day.

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